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by Tony Clayton-Lea


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Tony Clayton-Lea's Elvis Costello is a perfect example of the cobbled-together rock biography.

Tony Clayton-Lea's Elvis Costello is a perfect example of the cobbled-together rock biography. In 1977, Elvis Presley died and Elvis Costello emerged from London's iconoclastic punk rock scene. Costello declined to be interviewed for this book and denied permission to reprint his lyrics, so Clayton-Lea, a travel and arts writer for the Irish Times, has relied heavily on interviews from rock magazinesAa strategy that works exceptionally well here.

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Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop/rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s.

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British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello extended the lyrical range of punk and new wave music with songs like "Alison," "Everyday I Write the Book" and "Veronica.

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Elvis Costello, British singer-songwriter who extended the musical and lyrical range of the punk and new-wave movements and became one of rock’s most-respected songwriters. His best-known songs included ‘(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes’ and ‘Everyday I Write the Book.

Elvis Costello, British singer-songwriter who extended the musical and lyrical range of the punk and new-wave movements and became one of rock’s most-respected songwriters. Learn more about his life and music.

Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. The most evocative, innovative, and gifted songwriter since Bob Dylan, with songs that offer highly personal takes on love and politics.

An intriguing portrait of one of the most influential stars of popular music chronicles the life and career of Elvis Costello, from his early work as a computer operator to international rock stardom, documenting the hits, turbulent personal life, and musical upheaval along the way.

Comments: (5)

Kakashkaliandiia
did not enjoy and was so disappointing I did'nt finish the book
Qusserel
One thing that you have to give credit to Tony Clayton-Lea for is that he right up front advises the reader that Elvis Costello had nothing and wanted nothing to do with this biography. Cooperation from the subject of a biography is, of course, immensely helpful in writing of the book, but by no means a necessity. Mr. Clayton-Lea offers an extremely pedestrian account of the life and times of Elvis Costello. The book reads like press clippings in many spots and offers no insight into the man's career. Being that there are barely any books on Mr. Costello, this book has a minimum of value for that reason, but not much else. if you are an avid fan of Mr. Costello, then this book doesn't offer much, but if you are not that familiar with his career, then this book is a decent primer.
Kikora
What a let down! I can't think of anyone more deserving of a good biography than Elvis Costello. The greatest 20th Century songwriter -- and I include Dylan, Gershwin, Porter, et al., in that comparison. Well, this isn't what we've been waiting for, by a country mile. A thrown-together collection of press clips, apocrypha and tired gossip, with absolutely no analysis of his lyrics and songwriting in general. If you're going to read a bio, try "God's Comic" instead. It's no great shakes either, but this is the pits. Why the publisher didn't just sling the MS in the trashcan, I don't know. Obviously done with no cooperation from the subject or anyone who knows the first thing about his music. Save your money.
Morlurne
There are three types of unauthorized biographies, well-researched, pure speculation, and cut and paste. This is an example of the latter. The author gives us the Elvis Costello to be found in magazine interviews, and creates a whole book by taking information from a variety of sources and putting it all together into this quickie bio. Some decent insights into his recording career are to be found throughout, but this is really not well-done. You can put your time to better use by listening to a few Costello CD's and wonder about the workings of the man who created all this challenging music. That will bring you closer to understanding Elvis Costello than this book will.
Vut
Tony Clayton-Lea's book, "Elvis Costello: A Biography" is about as inspired as its title. It is a mostly a cookie-cutter approach to the life of the greatest singer-songwriter this side of Bob Dylan. Interestingly, previous chronologies of Dylan's life and times have been imaginative, provocative, and literate. It's a shame Costello has yet to receive equal treatment. Clayton-Lea's book reads like a cross between a college term paper and a transcript from VH1's "Behind the Music". Basically, rock star makes it big, is overcome by sex, drugs, and fame, has a few tiffs with his record company, but is able to maintain his artistic integrity throughout. Though it may be true, it's a plot that's been exhausted a thousand times over with a hundred other artists. There has got to be a more creative approach to filling 200 pages about this man's life and work. The book's one saving grace is its ample use of insightful quotes from various interviews throughout the years. If Costello had been on board to lend literacy to this entire project, perhaps quality and originality would have been enforced (and "Damnation's Cellar" would not be referred to as "Damnation's Alley").
Elvis Costello: A Biography download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Tony Clayton-Lea
ISBN: 0880642351
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Fromm Intl; 1st Fromm International ed edition (April 1, 1999)
Pages: 243 pages